Harmonic powers Japan’s first live, full-frame 4K UHD channel
Harmonic has announced that Japanese cable TV operator EHIME CATV has deployed Harmonic’s Electra X3 advanced media processor to support a trial of the country’s first live, full-frame 4K UHD channel.
Utilising the highly flexible and scalable Electra X3 media processor to encode UHD content using the HEVC Main 10 codec, EHIME CATV can deliver real-time 2160p60 video to subscribers’ set-top boxes (STBs) at low bit=rates, while maintaining video quality targets. The Electra X3 media processor’s advanced compression technology provides EHIME CATV with superior video quality while offering low total cost of ownership (TCO), transforming the live entertainment experience for EHIME CATV viewers.
“We are the first video infrastructure provider to offer a fully converged platform for broadcast and OTT delivery of UHD content,” said Dario Choi, regional vice president of sales, Asia Pacific, Harmonic. “The Electra X3 media processor offers an innovative approach to encoding, enabling operators like EHIME CATV to deliver full-frame, broadcast-ready content with the utmost video quality, to drive new revenue-generating services.”
At the heart of the Electra X3 media processor is the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine, an advanced encoding technology that supports resolutions up to 2160p60 with the HEVC 10-bit codec for broadcast and OTT multiscreen delivery. By providing high-quality, low-bandwidth HEVC encoding of UHD content for EHIME CATV’s live broadcast services, the Electra X3 helps the operator deliver amazing video quality to subscribers at sub 20-Mbps bit rates from a 2RU appliance.